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Glitch altered Berkeley Co. vote totals

outcome unchanged

May 13, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The unofficial primary election vote totals in Berkeley County that were released Tuesday night have changed significantly after a computer glitch was discovered, but the correction did not change the outcome for winning candidates, according to Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.

Small said Thursday that early votes cast prior to election day were mistakenly added twice to the totals that were released on Tuesday night because of difficulty in tabulating one particular precinct.

Berkeley County was one of five or six counties in the state that apparently experienced the problem, Small said.

After the correction was made, Berkeley County's turnout for the election dropped to 11.9 percent and in the Republican Party's primary, Elaine Mauck of Martinsburg moved past incumbent Ronald K. Collins in the Berkeley County Council (formerly County Commission) race to finish fourth among seven candidates, according to the revised unofficial results.

Collins' bid for a second term was denied by Doug Copenhaver Jr. and Dan Dulyea, who both finished ahead of the incumbent in a three-way race to advance to the general election in the Valley magisterial district.

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Mauck is running in the Adam Stephen district.

In the County Commission meeting on Thursday, Collins said he was disappointed that only one of the candidates vying to be elected to the office has regularly attended meetings.

"This is not a hobby job," Collins said. "This is a job that needs to be taken seriously and anybody that wants to be a serious candidate for this job needs to be here. There's a learning curve. It's not something you're going to march in on the second day of January and sit up here and think you know what's going on."

The County Commission today at 9 a.m. is expected to convene as the board of canvassers and consider any provisional ballots that have been cast and verify the accuracy of the unofficial results.

The election results are not expected to be certified as official until next week.

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